The incidence of the most serious skin cancer in Great Britain is now five times higher than it was in the 1970s, figures show.

Cancer Research UK statistics show more than 13,000 people develop malignant melanoma each year, compared with around 1,800 in the mid-1970s.

It says the rise is partly due to rising popularity of package holidays to Europe from the late 1960s.

Sunbed use has also fuelled the increase, the charity has said.

Malignant melanoma is now the fifth most common cancer, with more than 2,000 dying from it each year.

Around 17 people in every 100,000 are diagnosed with the disease in Great Britain every year - compared with three per 100,000 in the mid 1970s

Those with the highest risk of the disease include people with pale skin, lots of moles or freckles, a history of sunburn or a family history of the disease.

Experts advise spending time in the shade, covering up and using at least an SPF15 sunscreen.

Far more men than women are dying from skin cancer, despite similar numbers being diagnosed with the disease, a report suggests. Details can be found here

Article taken from the recent BBC Health News and full report can be found here.